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A short segment about the MilBlog Conference appeared today at 12:30 EST on The Pentagon Channel. The conference piece is approximately seven minutes in.
At 5:30 EST this evening, they will feature a longer segment in the first fifteen minutes of their webcast. Click here to watch.
Packing up and heading out to the airport, just wanted to say a big thanks to Andi, and say how wonderful it was to meet her and everyone else.
Greyhawk sends his best and has arrived safe and sound.
Can't wait till next year.
Somewhere in the Pacific Ocean during World War II, an American ship's navigator reached into a drawer and pulled out a chart that the Lieutenant pictured above had a hand in. And people living in the Pacific Northwest are citizens of the U.S. and not Canada because of him. And Pearl Harbor was part of his past. And maybe the first sighting of the Antarctic land mass. The Smithsonian owes him big time, as does the U.S. Naval Observatory.
You may not even know his name or what the U.S. Ex.Ex was. But you can find out more here.
It looks like they took my part of the interview and ran with it, you can watch the video here.
To keep a journal of events and observation.
My mother is a journalist. She edited 9 local weeklies in Connecticut. Nine differnent papers in nine different towns. Signigicant events for a small town..birth of of a child..death of a respective citizen..little league scores...the honor roll at high school. Whether there should be a stop light or stop sign on a major street. Sixteen pages of local content, advertising permitting for 9 different towns.
Somewhere in the late 80's or early 90's a conglomerate purchased the papers from the owners..ABC/Captiol Cities.
Overnight those 16 pages of local content for each of those towns became 12 pages of "common content" and 4 pages of local content. Really hard to fit in stories of little Johnies no-hitter...or Mary Lou's piano recital in 4 pages. Destroyed was the sense of community those papers had provided. But he conglomerate minimized content cost...don't bother with the debate about stops signs...surely a mayor or councilmen is sleeping someplace he shouldn't be...and surely someones brother-in-law had a contract doing some sort of work for the town.
I find it sad...that those who so rightously rail against "corporations" don't rail against that tny handful of corporations that tell us what is most important of all..."what to think".
Those who work for what is now referred to as the "Main Stream Media" wouldn't know what journalism was if their life depended on it. They produce something called "content". The purpose of which is to fill the spaces between "revenue'. There are entire industries set up to "manage" the new cycle. One needs to pay in order to note the passing in an obituary of a doctor who served the community. Forget about Mary Lou's piano recital being "news". Who fathered the child of some woman who lived fast and loose rich woman halfway across the world dominates the news. It is cheap to produce..cheap to report...the "Corporations" that control what we think like if that way.
Anyone who is looking for something call "journalism" in the Washington Post or New York Times or CNN or Fox News or ABC or CBS news will be sorely disappointed. They will find nothing but "content".
There is however hope...something new...called "blogging" has happened. I spent the weekend with patriots who blog. People who have a sense of history and what "journalism" should be about.
We write journals. My mother calls us "pamphleteers"...just as folks life Jefferson and Franklin were once "Pamphleteers"...they put their thoughts on paper...people who would dare to disagree with the King of Englalnd...who would create something like a constitution and bill of rights.
I spent a weekend with ordinary people who have lived extrodinary lives at something called a "Milblogs Conference"...it was an extraordinarily humbling experience. They are the "new" journalists in the spirit of Jefferson and Franklin.All done!